Emma Hamilton, who will play the Queen opposite David Tennant's King Richard in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Richard II has been answering fans' questions today.
Fans were asked to post their questions to Emma via the company's Twitter and Facebook accounts, and today her responses have been posted to the RSC's website.
She admits that Richard II is her favourite Shakepeare play, thanks to old audio recordings of John Gielgud as the King: "The first time I heard him play Richard in the deposition scene, I was moved to tears and had to pull over because I couldn't see the road. It's been my favourite Shakespeare play ever since."
She calls director Gregory Doran "...a fount of knowledge..." and says that the cast have already grown close under him, and Michael Pennington, Antony Byrne and David Tennant are the fastest at learning their lines. And of David Tennant himself she says
"David has a terrific energy about him; he works extremely hard and never seems to tire. Always a smile in his eyes or on his face. He's a delight to work with."
Read the full Q&A with Emma Hamilton here
Richard II will open at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre,
on 10th October 2013 and will run until 16th November 2013. It will then
transfer to the Barbican Theatre in London
from December 9th 2013 until 25th January 2014. The cast includes David
Tennant, Emma Hamilton, Nigel Lindsay, Michael Pennington, Jane Lapotaire and
Oliver Ford Davies. It is directed by Gregory Doran.